Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Houser says the Oklahoma tribe has stopped offering paper bingo games at its southern New Mexico casino in an arrangement with the federal government.
The National Indian Gaming Commission ordered the tribe in July to stop offering bingo games at the site between Deming and Las Cruces, and threatened the tribe with $25,000 fines for violations.
The tribe, which began bingo games in April, offered them three days a week until Sept. 17.
Tribe gambles on lawsuit, ad campaign to secure casino's future
Las Cruces Sun-News,
Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 11:53:43 AM
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma filed a motion in federal court Wednesday to counter a recent federal order that told the tribe to stop gaming at an Akela casino.
Also Wednesday, the tribe planned to launch a TV advertisement in the Albuquerque and Washington, D.C., markets, which asks President Barack Obama to keep the casino from being shut down.
Jeff Houser, chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, said the tribe's motion, filed in federal court in Oklahoma City, is aimed at forcing the gaming commission to recognize the terms of a 2007 legal settlement that the tribe believes gives it a legal basis for gaming.
Fort Sill Apache ordered to cease bingo games at Akela casino
Silver City Sun-News,
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11:20:27 AM
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma on Tuesday received a notice of violation from the federal government for operating paper bingo at its Akela casino.
Philip Hogen, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, in an eight-page document indicated there was no way to correct the violation and told the tribe to cease gaming at the site.
According to the notice, the tribe may also be issued a fine for the violation.
But Jeff Houser, chairman of the Fort Sill tribe, contended the legal argument Hogen used to back the notice of violation is flawed. Houser re-emphasized a claim long held by the tribe that it has a right to host bingo at the site and said the Fort Sill Apaches, at least for now, plan to move forward with bingo.
Friday, February 29, 2008 at 8:17:46 AM
A phalanx of law enforcement officers massed Thursday near a budding high-stakes bingo parlor in southern New Mexico that Gov. Bill Richardson and federal officials say is an illegal casino.
Oklahoma's Fort Sill Apache Tribe built the bingo parlor on a 30-acre site along Interstate 10 in Akela, west of Las Cruces. The governor's office says bingo or any other gambling there would be illegal, and that the tribe had agreed not to conduct such operations there when the land was taken into federal trust in 2002.
Richardson ordered state police Wednesday to block access to the parlor if gambling was taking place, and officers were at the ready Thursday. About a dozen New Mexico State Police and Motor Transportation Division squad cars gathered at a large dirt lot near the parlor, Peter Olson, state Department of Public Safety spokesman, said in a telephone call from the scene.
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